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Day 14: The One Who Controls the Wind

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(7 minute read) “…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6, NIV).” In 2020, I saw a news story of a sixty-four-year-old man in France who...

Day 13: The Fiery Trial

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(7 minute read) “Thy will be done (Matthew 6:10, KJV).”  My wife, Jen, was once driving on the interstate when her tire exploded. If that sounds dramatic, it was.  Not only did the tire burst, shredding and hurling rubber everywhere, it also damaged the wheel well...

Day 12: Close Call

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(7 minute read) “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies…In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears (Psalm 18:3,6, ESV).” For four decades...

Day 11: Earnest Money, Earnest Prayer

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(5 minute read) "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24, NIV).” When we moved from Dallas to Knoxville, my wife Jen and I had an opportunity to put believing prayer into practice.  Ten years...

Day 10: Thirty-Four Seconds

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(6 minute read) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12) My friend Wesley pastors a church in Fort...

Day 9: The Prison of the Heart

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(6 minute read) “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25 ESV) Could a lack of forgiveness for someone be a reason that you don’t experience more...

Day 8: Trees Walking Around

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(7 minute read) “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, NIV) Only a few people know the story that I want to tell...

Day 7: Up in the Clouds

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(6 minute read) “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple (Psalm 27:4, NIV). Last week I wrote about the movie The Incredibles. One of my...

Day 6: Cut It Out

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(6 minute read) “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell (Matthew 5:29, NIV).” In 1921, Dr. Evan O’Neil Kane was the chief surgeon at Kane...

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